The biggest episodes of the year for “General Hospital” always revolve around the most sensational event to hit the fictional town of Port Charles—the Nurse’s Ball. The 2017 event looks to be just as intense and dramatic as the years before.
Recent years of the Nurse’s Ball have seen Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) learn the truth about Jason (Billy Miller) being alive and back in Port Charles, as well as Sabrina’s (Teresa Castillo) return to town. However, with several more juicy storylines going on in Port Chuck, this year’s event may even be the biggest one yet.
“This will be ‘GH’s’ 12th Nurses Ball and each year our wonderful viewers have come to expect plenty of music, dance, glamour and of course an abundance of drama,” Frank Valentini, the show’s Executive Producer said about the episodes. “There’s a lot of exciting performances and appearances in the works. You won’t want to miss it!”
So what can fans expect at this year’s ball? Here are five things to look for during the episodes:
A Surprise Performer
In a Facebook Live chat about the Nurses’ Ball, Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Hayley Erin (Kiki) teased that in addition to some of the performances viewers have come to expect over the years (like Magic Milo and the Magic Wands), there will also be one performer that fans won’t see coming.
“I’m really excited because somebody’s going to sing that’s a regular on the show and they’re actually a phenomenal singer and it’s gonna be kind of shocking,” Stafford said. “That person is really good and I’ve heard everybody was kind of in love with the scene. This person had a really great voice. And then I think Billy Miller dances!”
Music Honoring The Legends And Icons Who Died in 2016
2016 was a sad year for music, with several legends passing on. According to Soaps.com, “General Hospital” will recognize that this year, with members of the cast performing songs by both George Michael and David Bowie.
A Guest Appearance By Mario Lopez
— General Hospital (@GeneralHospital) May 17, 2017
Nina won’t just be accompanied on her Red Carpet coverage by George Pennacchio this year. In fact, special guest Mario Lopez will also join her when it comes to finding out what and who the most famous names in Port Charles are all wearing as they make their way inside to the Ball.
Death And Mayhem
Naturally, since the Ball tends to be where dramatic storylines develop, it would only be natural for potential death and mayhem to rock the celebration. Last year’s ball saw Bobbie (Jaclyn Zeman) fainting backstage, and she and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) were then both targeted by serial killer Paul (Richard Burgi) afterwards. Who could find their life on the line this year? Plus, while Sabrina’s return was welcomed last year, she was also arrested almost immediately afterwards for leaving town with Carlos. Could someone else be carted out of the Ball in handcuffs this year?
Hook-ups are another big part of the action during the Ball, with new couples forming almost every year, either through dishonesty or genuine feelings. Last year’s love connection between Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) and Kiki touched off a farewell story for Morgan Corinthos, so a new romance striking up in order to usher in a new storyline for the summer and fall is likely.
Get a sneak peek of the action in the clip below and tune in starting May 22 to “General Hospital” at 3 p.m, EDT weekdays on ABC for all the Nurse’s Ball action.